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Would or used to

Complete the following sentences using would or used to. In some cases, either could be used.

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Both would and used to can be used to talk about past habits. Used to can also be used to talk about states. Would is not possible in this case. Test your understanding of would and used to with this grammar exercise.

Complete the following sentences using would or used to. In some cases, either could be used.

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1. I ————————– to have an old Rolls-Royce.

a) used to b) would c) either could be used here

2. That Bingo hall ————————- be a cinema.

a) used to b) would c) either could be used here

3. You ———————– tell her about the party – I didn’t want to invite her.

a) would b) used to c) either could be used here

4. I asked him very politely, but he ————————- tell me.

a) would not b) used not to c) either could be used here

5. When we were children we ———————– go fishing every Saturday.

a) would b) used to c) either could be used here

6. The car ———————– start again this morning.

a) would not b) used not to c) either could be used here

7. There was a chance that my letter ————————- arrive in time.

a) would b) used to c) either could be used here

8. I ——————— to smoke, but now I don’t.

a) used to b) would c) either could be used here

Answers

1. I used to have an old Rolls-Royce. (Only used to can be used to talk about states. Would is not possible in this case.)

2. That Bingo hall used to be a cinema.

3. You would tell her about the party – I didn’t want to invite you.

4. I asked him very politely, but he would not tell me.

5. When we were children we would / used to go fishing every Saturday.

6. The car would not start again this morning.

7. There was a chance that my letter would arrive in time.

8. I used to smoke, but now I don’t.

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